Members of Chorai tribe, who fled to Assam over clash, return to Tripura
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Agartala: At least 650 people of the Chorai community from Damcherra in Panisagar sub-division of North Tripura have fled to neighbouring Assam following clashes with the Bru community.

Speaking with EastMojo, a police official said that security forces were deployed following the clash between the two communities at Damcherra to maintain the law and order situation.

“Around 650 people from the Chorai community have fled to Assam after the clash with the Bru community. A team of police and local administration were sent to speak with them in Assam and bring them back to the state. A case has been registered and investigation is on,” the official said.

An official from the food department confirmed that through the Panisagar sub-divisional magistrate essential commodities are being sent to the families who have taken shelter in Assam.

Speaking with EastMojo, Bruno Msha, general secretary of Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF), said that the clash was ‘instigated’ by a section of people with vested interest, to disrupt the permanent resettlement of Bru people.

“We would request the state government to take the matter very seriously and set exemplary punishments for those found involved. We feel these threats and attacks on us are a part of an effort to disrupt the resettlement process and that has to be prevented,” Msha said.

He further said that the allegation raised on the Brus of beating the Chorai people was baseless and appealed to them to return to their homes.

“We are friends and have been living here with the Chorai community for decades. We also appeal to the state government for compensation to eight Bru migrants and divert 20 hectare of land between Damcherra and Gourangopara near the Tripura-Mizoram border to accommodate around 345 families at Kaskaopara, one of the transit camps where we have been living for over two decades,” Msha said.

Earlier, 12 people were injured in a clash between the displaced Bru and Chorai community in North Tripura district.

After altercations, the Brus and the Chorais clashed using sticks and daos (matchet) on Sunday leaving 13 people injured. Police fired in the air and resorted to baton charge to bring the situation under control. The injured were admitted to a local hospital.

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Meanwhile, the Young Mizo Association (YMA) in a press note expressed its disappointment over the clash and demanded action against those culprits found involved.

“…Indian Constitution prohibits communal violence and we call upon the Tripura government to nab the culprits and punish them as per law. We also call upon the Tripura government to make sure that the Chorai tribal people are able to peacefully return to the Damcherra area”, the statement issued by Lalnuntluanga Colney, secretary of YMA’s Langkaih group and its president Zonunthanga, read.

Over 30,000 displaced Bru tribals from Mizoram, who have been living as displaced people in Tripura since 1997, are now permanently settled in Tripura and a tripartite agreement was signed to this effect on Jan 16, 2020.

The Bru tribals have been living in Tripura relief camps after they fled Mizoram in 1997 following ethnic clashes between Bru and Mizo communities.

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